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Ray Beck: Coal keeps the lights on

To the editor:

The Moffat County High School Auditorium was packed with concerned citizens, business owners, industry employees and local elected officials to listen to Shaun McGrath, administrator for Region 8, about the proposed rules on existing coal-fired power plants. The unofficial count for the evening was 562 people who attended this event in support of the coal mines and the Craig power plant. On behalf of the organizing committee (Gigi Dennis, Bonnie Petersen, Rick Johnson, John Kinkaid and Ray Beck), we want to thank the EPA for accepting our invitation to come and listen to our concerns and the potential economic impacts the proposed rules could have on our local and regional economy.

I want to thank all the speakers who came and shared their data, facts and personal stories and would like to acknowledge them one more time:

Gene Trisko, American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity; Amy Oliver, Independent Institute; Keith Kramer, Yampa Valley Data Partners; Rick Johnson, Craig Station; Forrest Luke, Trapper Mine; Doug Atchley, Delta County; Russell George, Colorado NW Community College; Marty Anson, Anson Excavating; John Ponikavar, NAPA Auto Parts; Sarah Lewis, Coalminer; Pat Sollars, Peabody Colorado Operations; Bonnie Petersen, CLUB 20; Christian Reece, for Congressman Scott Tipton; and Commissioner John Kinkaid, Moffat County.

As a committee, we want to thank the Moffat County School District for the use of the high school auditorium; the Craig Police Department; high school students Glen Dilldine and Paige Durbin, who ran the PowerPoint presentations; and Dixie Hatfield, who helped us coordinate the sound system and electronic equipment necessary for the presentations. We want to thank Frank Moe, Tony St. John, the sponsors and Brothers Custom Processing for a great community barbecue prior to the meeting. We would like to thank the following individuals for their help, as well: Frank Hanel, Mike Fuller, Shirley Balleck, Brandi Meeks, T. Wright Dickinson and Identity Graphics. We also want to acknowledge the Craig Daily Press, KRAI 55 County, the Craig Chamber, Club 20 and any other media that was involved in promoting the Moffat County Community meeting. I would like to thank the VFW for the use of their flags that were placed on stage.

As a community, we only can hope that we made an impression on the EPA. I am hopeful that they will take the information and facts into consideration before they make their final decision or recommendations. Our destiny lies in their hands.

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Public comments will be taken on the proposed EPA 111 (d) rule through Oct. 16. Comments can be submitted by using the following link, www2.epa.gov/carbon-pollution-standards/how-comment-clean-power-plan-proposed-rule, or via email at A-and-R-Docket@epa.gov. Comments must reference Docket ID: EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0602 in the subject line of their email. You can also fax your comments to 202-566-9744 or visit http://www.epa.gov/cleanpowerplan.

Ray Beck

Committee member